TQ1873 : Recumbent lime tree, Petersham Park


This lime tree would have been a good tall specimen before it was brought down by the great storm of October 1987*. In earlier times the Park authorities would have cleared it away in the name of tidiness, but the tree was spared and continued to grow. Over a period of thirty-odd years it has sent up side-shoots in a generally vertical direction – each one the size of a good young tree.

The tree lies not many feet below the crest of the Petersham scarp, lying roughly parallel to the contour. The greenery in the left foreground is growing from the tree’s original root-plate.

* It is just possible that the tree fell in the storm of January 1990 – though my recollection is that that storm did less damage in this area.